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#208422 - 06/07/14 10:40 AM Le Mans Classic
GerryWal Offline
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My sympathy to all TMers at LMC- looks like you've exported some British weather to make you all feel at home! Gerry.

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#208440 - 06/07/14 02:28 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Let's hope it clears like it has for the British GP!
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#208449 - 06/07/14 03:08 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Richard - Aus]
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Much better now, Richard- dry track. Gerry.
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#208459 - 06/07/14 05:33 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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GerryWal,

Thanks ever so for the link to Le Mans. It certainly passed a pleasant, but ever so wet, morning whilst waiting for the GP at Silverstone.

Reg
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#208614 - 07/07/14 06:00 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Well chaps you're right about the weather, it was a tad British on Saturday and Sunday, but hey we're used to that. Wednesday and Thursday the weather was fantastic both in the UK and FR for the drive down in convoy and the first circuit visit.

Le Mans was fantastic! A truly great opportunity to get very close to some fabulous machinery; the sights, the sounds, the smells... petrol head heaven.

The "Parade" laps very early on a wet Saturday morning were blooming excellent too, though to be a bit critical a little oversubscribed, with some letting the red mist get the better of them on a greasy surface. Nonetheless, a once in a lifetime bucket list item ticked.

To anyone wondering weather it is worthwhile, IMHO absolutely. We met up with some smashing people, a number of whom were TM'ers so we could put faces to the "nom de plumes", and had a thoroughly excellent weekend (despite the weather). Personally, I also gained a lot from taking Monte on his first long trip, including driving in torrential rain. He coped very, very well, with only limited water ingress from the front lower part of the side screens at >60mph, perhaps in part due to a bit of judicious DaveW style neoprene work.

Anyway, there will no doubt be lots of other posts and photos to follow from other attendees... time to get out and give Monte a wash and brush up!


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#208677 - 07/07/14 10:50 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Thoroughly agree Phillip an excellent event. Many thanks to Quentin and Ann for superb organisation. wine
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#208689 - 08/07/14 01:46 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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A shot of the rain and two special Morgans at Classic received from a Morgan France friend today.

[img]http://i448.photobucket.com/albums/qq205/talkmorgan/tok258_zps444a83b7.jpg~original[/img]
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#208695 - 08/07/14 06:46 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Nice shot of a great pair of cars.
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#208700 - 08/07/14 07:26 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Burgundymog]
deano Offline

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Originally Posted By Burgundymog
Thoroughly agree Phillip an excellent event. Many thanks to Quentin and Ann for superb organisation. wine


+1 definitely an excellent event once again and you just have to make do with the weather and as I was camping that was tough at times.

As an aside, it was interesting to compare supermarket prices to home. We are not doing as bad as the French on most items which is a big change to 2 years ago.
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#208731 - 08/07/14 10:45 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
MonteZooma Offline

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The "Convoy Stops for Coffee en route"



Another photo of TOK 258



TOK 258 with "Monte" looking on...



View from above the paddock of some very special machinery



The Gulf Porsche 917, Gulf Porsche 908/3 and Mercedes Transporter...
All from the ROFGO Collection and apparently valued at Ł22m







The lovely Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C Type and Transporter


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#208734 - 08/07/14 11:03 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Burgundymog]
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Originally Posted By Burgundymog
Thoroughly agree Phillip an excellent event. Many thanks to Quentin and Ann for superb organisation. wine

+ another. Excellent event, even if we did have our fair share of rain. The Parade Laps were manic as the weather was horrid when I was out but still managed a couple of spirited bursts now and again when the traffic thinned out. Some 'interesting' driving with one TR going into the kitty litter at the very first corner!

The Gendarmerie were restricting viewing at the Arbor, but eventually we were able to get in to watch at the chicane and there was some really excellent racing. Fantastic viewing watching the 917's coming through the slower cars at night in the wet...

Luckily we weren't on the Chunnel, going the Seacat as usual, hopefully everybody got back eventually; even if much delayed?

Brian

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#208793 - 08/07/14 06:18 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Yes, a great event and very glad I returned there after 2012. Shame about the weather especially for our laps although in reflection probably better to lose control in the wet at a lower speed than loosing it in the dry at much higher speed! Nothing changed for me since 2012....still a nice tail end twitch coming up to the Dunlop bridge to amuse my brother in law evil
Great convoying down with fellow TMers and meeting up with others at the circuit. Got home around 1:30 am this morning roof down all the way woohoo
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#208796 - 08/07/14 06:35 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Fab weekend with great people and a tap on the shoulder from Steve Morris and his Mafia friend Aeroman ;....(now how many Company Directors do you think would remember you in that crowd)

Plenty of action and entertainment, with full respect to Quinten and Ann for their work.

I was lucky, my booking was for the Ferry so with no delays, even at the Dartford crossing we arrived home 10.15pm last night from an 8am start at the Arbor, roof up all the way Jays grin2

Hope they will invite me back in 2016, my deposit is ready. woohoo

PS to the Guy Driving the Aero8 off the Ferry and up the A2 beside me, sorry we didn't get introduced !!! but lovely car.


Edited by Dean-Royal (08/07/14 06:36 PM)
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#208797 - 08/07/14 06:40 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Dean-Royal]
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In 2012 I shouted "hi" to you as you passed by, this year we managed a handshake and a quick hello, in 2014 we should have a conversation!
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#208806 - 08/07/14 07:42 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Sounds and looks like a great trip.
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#208816 - 08/07/14 07:53 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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My first time to the classic but not my last I hope. Really enjoyed putting Reginald through his paces and proving that Morgans don't melt in the rain! Best of all though I met so many great like minded people and put faces and real names to other TMers. The convoy down was great fun but I'll never forget following Momtezooma to the circuit early in the morning in torrential rain through a flood on a slip road, Montes wake was impressive and that we both got across a testimony to the wisdom of including large quantities of wood in the cars construction! boat

I hope to see many of you again on Saturday at Shelsley.

Andy
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#208842 - 08/07/14 09:56 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Hi Dean, that was me in the grey S1.

We were part of the Tunnel disaster which in truth was only a 2.30H delay. I had to drop my passenger and all his luggage in Canterbury so had just got back onto the A2/M2 and now with no luggage storage issues was able to drop the roof……At Cambridge i wished i had not though….never mind. Was home at 7.30pm, having completed about 965miles all in, but having set off that Monday morning from Le Mans. last time it was in a Ferrari Mondial T, but i preferred the Morgan experience by far.

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#208866 - 09/07/14 12:14 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Jays]
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Originally Posted By Jays
In 2012 I shouted "hi" to you as you passed by, this year we managed a handshake and a quick hello, in 2014 we should have a conversation!


In 2016 we must insist Quinten books us all into Montruel one night prior to the Classic event, that way we can all get a good hand shake and introduction.

I insist
Uncle Brian and Paul
Mr MHD......you know who you are
Asbo
Simon
Gajet
Boshly
PeterG
Jays
Hopwood
Kray Twins ( one missing this year)

And many more, Come on Guys lets pull it together party
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#208868 - 09/07/14 12:17 AM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Mark jackson]
Dean-Royal Offline

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Originally Posted By Mark jackson
Hi Dean, that was me in the grey S1.

We were part of the Tunnel disaster which in truth was only a 2.30H delay. I had to drop my passenger and all his luggage in Canterbury so had just got back onto the A2/M2 and now with no luggage storage issues was able to drop the roof……At Cambridge i wished i had not though….never mind. Was home at 7.30pm, having completed about 965miles all in, but having set off that Monday morning from Le Mans. last time it was in a Ferrari Mondial T, but i preferred the Morgan experience by far.


Nice one Mark, didn't realise it was a MK1.... Looked so cool hugging the road, let's see if we can put them side by side in 2016

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#208943 - 09/07/14 03:03 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Louvers at Le Mans


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#208944 - 09/07/14 03:07 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Quite artistic but did you count them? smile
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#208955 - 09/07/14 05:06 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
mutley Offline

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Dean you need to get out more
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#208958 - 09/07/14 05:51 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: Richard - Aus]
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Originally Posted By Richard - Aus
Quite artistic but did you count them? smile


More to the point - have they all got the same number on each side? Motacyclist has one less louvre on the right sde of his bonnet to the left.... laugh2
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#208963 - 09/07/14 06:03 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: mutley]
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Originally Posted By mutley
Dean you need to get out more


i was 900mls out more at the weekend wink


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#209471 - 12/07/14 09:41 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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We arrived home last night after leaving Le Mans on Monday morning we headed down to stay once again at the Chateau de Puyrigaud http://www.talkmorgan.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/106301/France_Leoville_Chateau_de_Puy#Post106301 where we were given a great welcome by Veronique and Philippe. They have done a lot of work since our last visit and we were able to enjoy a swim in the pool and admire the restoration of the other wing of the chateau. The morning after we visited the local distiller of Cognac and stocked up with a few bottles of cognac and Pineau further weighing down the tail end of the Mog.

We spent the next night with Moto Guzzi friends and the following night with Morgan friends. We then headed to the incredible medieval town of Rocamadour for lunch with our friends before heading in the direction of home. We made an overnight stop west of Lyon and then made the final run home through the tunnel of Frejus.

Total distance something over 3,000 km, some fine weather, but a lot of rain.
All in all a good trip and it was great to meet a great bunch of enthusiasts.

Thanks to Quentin and Anne for organising everything at Le Mans.
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#210132 - 15/07/14 03:20 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Just a quick update post the LMC2014 trip:

Our total mileage, including a brief trip down to the Loire Valley, was 1309 miles which was comfortably more than our annual mileage for each of the last two years and completed without the car missing a beat happy3

Front suspension greasing was carried out at <500 mile intervals with a neat little grease gun purchased for the trip, and thanks to Dave & MrsW's gaiters the lower kingpin areas were kept clean and well lubricated.

The round trip was completed at an average of just over 42mpg with luggage and including a couple of spirited parade laps, so very pleased with that.

"Monte" hadn't been out in the rain in our ownership, but this has now been more than corrected by driving through Biblical rain on the way home and through the water splash on the slip road in Le Mans as reported earlier by Andy (Brum Rum). As I said earlier in this thread, I was very pleased that the only water ingress into the cabin was at the lower front of the side screens at >60mph where the seal isn't so good (you can see daylight). However, the water took its toll elsewhere with water accumulated in the front indicators, the reversing light, and the rear fog light when we got home. Now all dried out and sealed.

Damage: was limited to two small stone chips on the cowl (not bad considering the distances on the Autoroutes and Motorways) and a cracked rear side/brake light lens (rather looks like it has been lent on sadly frown ). Finally, there were some minor swirl marks to remove from the rear panel as a result of wiping away the residue of a couple of pints of petrol which "burped" out of the filler at the motorway services... there are those who were in earshot who heard the muttered Welsh oaths blush you know who you are!

This morning a wheels off clean, nuts and bolts check and kingpin greasing was almost perfect, except for one loose wheel nut on the rear. I'd recently fitted some new Heart of England polished S/S wheels nuts and initially I thought I may not have tightened it enough. However, a tinkling sound as I took the wheel off revealed the problem, a broken steel insert ring shocked2






Bit scared , given we'd been doing 110mph down the Mulsanne Straight.
The quick solution was to "borrow" one from the spare wheel and order a new one off Uncle Melvyn at the same time as ordering the replacement rear light lens thumbs

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable trip and an opportunity to build confidence in the Plus 4.
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#210135 - 15/07/14 03:37 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Sounds to me like you had a great trip Philip and now have strong faith in the car smile
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#210139 - 15/07/14 03:44 PM Re: Le Mans Classic [Re: GerryWal]
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Exactly Graham
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